St. Paul Mayor Carter asks controversial candidate to drop out of city council race

David Martinez

David Martinez

Kristi Belcamino at the Pioneer Press writes, “Mayor Melvin Carter has asked David Martinez to immediately drop out of the city council race after the Ward 4 candidate’s recent behavior made headlines and stirred controversy. In a span of three days earlier this month, Martinez was accused of domestic abuse, ejected and banned from Target Field and arrested and banned from St. Paul public libraries. And on Saturday, it appears Martinez posted a topless photo of his estranged wife on his campaign website in response to being served a restraining order.” 

It’s official. MPR reports: “The federal government now recognizes Bde Maka Ska as the official name for what used to be known as Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names approved the name at its meeting last month. That follows county and state approval of the name. Bde Maka Ska means ‘White Earth Lake’ or ‘White Banks Lake’ — a nod to the light-colored sand of its beaches. It’s pronounced beh-DAY’ mah-KAH’ skah.”

Where do people think it goes? Kirsti Marohn of MPR reports, “Researchers from the University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center created a ‘chloride budget’ to estimate how much salt enters the environment each year from various sources. Road salt was by far the largest source of chloride statewide, contributing more than 400,000 metric tons annually to the environment. Household water softeners were the fourth largest source, contributing about 140,000 metric tons of salt per year.”

Kids, the U wants you. Says an AP story, “The University of Minnesota is looking for ways to halt the enrollment trend of losing local high school students to neighboring states and bolster admissions to its system campuses. The university’s Systemwide Enrollment Planning Taskforce in June presented potential ways to curb losing more high school graduates than it attracts, Minnesota Daily reported. ‘We get our pockets picked every year from states and universities from across the nation,’ said Bob McMaster, the vice provost and dean of undergraduate education.” 

The Washington Post does the legwork on that strange crash out on the Pacific Coast Highway last March. Joe Heim and Julie Tate write, “In Texas and Minnesota, the states involved in the adoption of the Hart children, there are no public investigations into how the adoptions were handled. Records in both states remain sealed. Six children are dead, and there is no inquiry into how they were placed in jeopardy or why they were left there. Adoption experts agree that the Hart case is an extreme example of how the system has failed adopted children, but they say it also points to a need for a rigorous monitoring process by social-work agencies. ‘In our system, once a child is adopted, we equate it with success and there is very little follow-up,’ said University of Michigan law professor Vivek Sankaran, who advocates for children’s rights. ‘We actually know very little about the well-being of how kids from foster care do after they are adopted.’”

Today’s invasive species horror story. Lacey Young for MPR says, “Minnesotans might start seeing a new kind of tick in their neck of the woods over the next few years, experts say. While not yet in Minnesota, the bush tick, native to Eastern Asia, was found feeding on sheep in New Jersey in 2017. And if climate trends continue, rising temperatures and shorter winters mean ticks, and the diseases they carry, will keep expanding their ranges faster than ever, said Uli Munderloh, an entomology professor at the University of Minnesota.”

Not so fast. The Star Tribune’s Tim Harlow says, “Court records show that police across Minnesota handed out 211,603 speeding tickets in 2017 and 212,068 the year before. Fines begin around $110 with court fees for going 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Fines double at 20 mph over the limit, and motorists can lose their licenses for six months if cited for going 100 mph or faster. But is Minnesota taking a hard enough stance against speeding scofflaws? … It turns out speeders get off easy in Minnesota compared to those in other states, the survey found.”

Bubba was in the house. The PiPress’ Belcamino also reports, “Former president Bill Clinton made a guest appearance at the 2018 Starkey Hearing Foundation gala in St. Paul on Sunday evening. … Clinton said he has attended five hearing aid fittings with Starkey Foundation founder Bill Austin in Africa and Latin America. When Austin said he wanted to give away 50,000 hearing aids, Clinton said he told Austin, ‘You can do better than 50,000 a year. You can do twice as many.’ As a result, Austin made a goal to give away one million hearing aids by 2020, Clinton said. ‘Late last year, three years early, he hit the million mark,’ Clinton said.” References to Starkey’s recent, um, unpleasantness were probably rare.

Speaking of long-running unpleasantness. Matt Egan at CNN Money alerts readers, saying, “Wells Fargo keeps finding new parts of its vast banking empire that overcharged innocent customers. On Friday, Wells Fargo disclosed it’s setting aside another $285 million to refund foreign-exchange and wealth-management clients.”

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 07/16/2018 - 10:02 am.

    MN students vote with their feet, attend college elsewhere

    Rather than focus on what the REAL reasons are for the exodus, what is the U system solution ??

    A program of “marketing communications” !!! You might think from this response, that what’s important is not what you are, but rather what you say you are.

    The article quotes a single student, as though representative, who said that the University was simply too familiar to her.

    Not so long ago, the University was a highly economical choice for a student in Minnesota. This is simply no longer the case.

    When MN students evaluate the various alternatives available to them, in many cases, they see a better value elsewhere.

    The idea that masses of students are leaving the state or simply not going to the university system because they simply find it too familiar, which is suggested by the single example given in the article, trivializes the problem. It also seems to me that viewing the problem as merely a marketing communications issue further trivializes the problem.

    If you don’t identify the real nature of the real problem, your solutions simply will not work.

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